Claire-Anne Rutherford (nee Head)BSc MCSP MPOGP is a highly specialist chartered women’s health physiotherapist who specialises in the treatment of urogynaecological conditions such as prolapse, urinary urgency, incontinence and pelvic floor problems including vulval pain and sexual discomfort. She treats women suffering with back, pelvic and coccyx pain during pregnancy and postnataly.
Claire graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2001 with a degree in physiotherapy and has a Masters level qualification in Women’s Health Physiotherapy. She started working at the Royal Free Hospital NHS in London in 2001 and specialised in Women’s Health Physiotherapy in 2003. Prior to having her children, she also worked at the Portland hospital in London for many years. In 2010, she moved to the private sector full time where she set up and developed the Women’s Health Physiotherapy service for one of the largest private physiotherapy companies in London. During this time she also worked at the prestigious University College London hospital as the Consulting Women’s Health Physiotherapist in their birth injury clinic. Claire has published articles in peer review journals and was a visiting lecturer to undergraduate students on Women’s Health Physiotherapy. Claire is trained in acupuncture and Pilates in Women’s Health as well as visceral release. She is also a recognized Mummy MOT practitioner.
Claire is particularly passionate about supporting women back to health postnataly. Being half French, a women’s health physiotherapist and a mum herself, Claire was struck by how much the UK is lagging behind countries like France when it comes to postnatal rehabilitation and strongly believes that all women should see a Women’s Health Physiotherapist to optimise their safe recovery and return to exercise as well as avoiding problems further down the line.
- BSc MCSP MPOGP Masters level qualification in Women’s Health Physiotherapy
Women’s health Physiotherapy
Claire is passionate about women’s health and supporting women at whatever stage of life they are at. Her aim is to provide holistic, individualized, evidence based top class pelvic health physiotherapy. After an initial assessment, a diagnosis is made and an individualized treatment plan is devised to address each client’s specific goals with the aim of achieving complete or significant resolution of their symptoms.
For postnatal mums, Claire also offers postnatal MOT’s. Adjusting to your new post baby body can be a real challenge and even more so when you don’t have a clue where to start, if what you’re feeling is normal or not, what’s safe and what’s not! Claire works closely with Women’s Health Consultants and experts in the field to support new mums back to optimum health and fitness.
The Postnatal MOT is an invaluable detailed postnatal check that assesses the diaphragm, pelvic floor and tummy as well as posture following pregnancy and birth. It ensures women are equipped with the right knowledge and exercises to optimise their recovery, achieve their health goals and enable them to enjoy life as a mum. The MOT is an essential for any mum whether you’ve had a caesarean or vaginal delivery. It consists of the following:
- A thorough assessment of your pelvic floor and tummy muscles as well as biomechanics (how your body moves)
- How your body has changed during pregnancy and since delivery
- Personalized advice on returning to exercise and a bespoke plan to help achieve your specific goals
- Abdominal retraining regardless of your type of delivery
- Individualized treatment plan (if required) tailored to address your specific needs and concerns
- After I had physio for pelvic pain in my first pregnancy which wasn’t helpful at all, I was sceptical it would help me when I started having similar issues in my second pregnancy. I’m so happy that I followed the advice of a friend though, and went to see Claire - her treatment has made such a difference! Even after the first session I could walk much better and now I’m pain free most of the time. What I appreciated the most was her approach of a thorough assessment to start with in which she explained to me more understandably the causes and treatment options which gave me the trust I needed to start with. She is great at providing practical advice and exercises to do at home to help with the progress. Overall just amazing, I am very grateful and would happily recommend her to everyone. Tosca
- When my son was a baby I came to see Claire about my pelvic girdle pain. I'd already seen a host of specialists and physiotherapists over the course of that year but the treatment I got from Claire was the single most effective treatment I received during that time. Ever since that treatment, my pain was much more manageable and I'm armed with the knowledge to improve and manage my specific symptoms. Thank you! Francesca
- The recommendation of going to see a women’s physio for a postnatal mot has been the single best piece of advice I’ve had since having a baby. Unfortunately so much of routine postnatal care is focused on the baby & I found there’s very little support on the NHS for new mums with regards to the changes our bodies go through both during pregnancy & postnatally. After the birth of my daughter things just didn’t feel quite right ‘down there’ - I didn’t have any specific symptoms of prolapse or incontinence but I was very aware that things felt different to before & I was constantly worrying about it. I was terrified of exercising & I couldn’t even bear the thought of having sex again! Going to see Claire has completely revolutionised my postpartum recovery- shes really helped me to understand & address the weaknesses in my pelvic floor and get back into exercise safely. There was a point where I’d resigned myself to thinking that my body would never be the same again but 4 months after having my daughter I feel really positive about my body & that’s thanks to Claire." Lauren